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Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing and Family Planning

RZHRG Overview -


The Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group (RZHRG) has been a global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS for more than 25 years, supporting Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing (CVCT) throughout sub-Saharan Africa. In the RZHRG model, HIV test results are shared with the partners together, and they work with counselors to develop a plan to address the impact of HIV/AIDS in their lives. CVCT is proven to reduce the transmission of HIV by more than two-thirds among those couples who do not share the same HIV status.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that five new people are infected by HIV for every two who receive antiretroviral therapy (ART), a ratio that could easily be decreased by placing a greater focus on prevention. Since the majority of new HIV infections in Africa are acquired from a spouse, prevention through Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing (CVCT) is an easy and economical way to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in the region’s largest risk group. With more than 20 years of experience on the ground in Rwanda and more than 15 years of working in Zambia, RZHRG has provided Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing to more than 250,000 couples.

RZHRG has established Centers of Excellence in three primary areas in Africa: Kigali, Rwanda; Lusaka, Zambia; and Copperbelt, Zambia.


DID YOU KNOW...


• The majority of new HIV/AIDS infections in Africa are acquired from a spouse or long-term partner, so couples represent the largest risk group.

• CVCT has been proven to decrease the transmission of HIV/AIDS by more than two-thirds among those couples who do not share the same HIV status.

• RZHRG has been a global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS for over 25 years.



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